With summer having settled in here in Farmington, and thoughts of summer reading occupying our prized moments of leisure, we were fortunate to have the opportunity of obtaining some guidance from the leading expert on the subject, Summer herself!
Kenny: Thank you for taking some time to visit us on this beautiful late July afternoon.
Summer: I’m delighted to be here, Kenny.
Kenny: Many people judge Summer by its accompanying weather. Is that fair? Do you have any influence or personal relationship with the weather?
Summer: I do, but it is not a simple one. One of my job responsibilities is to compose a small poem or prose poem depicting the character of the coming Summer for each region and submitting it to the Weather, who then interprets it. The interpretation is a creative not a literal one, so you might say I have influence but not direct influence.
Kenny: Wow, I had no idea! Can you share one with us?
Would you wait with comfort or strain. I bid you both. Unvisited harbors and unlooked for guests shall guide the wind’s character.
Kenny: Interesting; is that for this year in Maine?
Summer: No, it’s for Nebraska in 1913. Hah Hah.
Kenny: Hilarious. Can you tell us the poem for Maine 2013?
Summer: Well, no, not until next year. I can tell you my top summer reading picks though. Or did you just want to talk about the weather?
Kenny: Fire away. I’m thinking that there may be some picks with attitude.
Summer: Wrong again: they are all humorless and bland. Hah. All right let’s start with Fair Play, by Tove Jansson. I love to have a book you can pick up and put down, with short sections that are filled with life and insight and humor and all things wonderful. Fair Play is all that and more. Also, when you think of summer you think of coming of age, and Guy Gavriel Kay’s magnificent Ysabel is a strong choice there.
Kenny: Those are great choices! What about some new releases.
Summer: Well my top pick is Lexicon, it’s just so much fun! But some other big new hardcovers to dive into are The Golem and the Jinni, Let’s Explore Diabetes WIth Owls, Road, Gone Girl, and Massacre Pond. As far as paperback releases this summer, the best are Dog Stars, The Chaperone, Orphan Train, Double Cross, and Midnight in Peking. They’re all large scale fun. Monica Woods’ terrific memoir When We Were The Kennedy’s, set in Mexico Maine, is a must if you haven’t had the pleasure yet.
Kenny: Nice. Now how about some picks for the next generation?
Summer: Anyone who hasn’t been reading the Wereworld series needs to get with the program. I mean if you really could be entertained to death, I’d worry about recommending it. Wow! One big, thrilling scene after another. Jasper Fforde’s Last Dragonslayer is a true delight. Some other great new thought provoking page turners are The Fifth Wave, great aliens there, Sylo, set in Maine and a terrific new dystopia, The Testing. These are stories readers can really step inside.
Kenny: Awesome. Thanks. Any last thoughts?
Summer: Yes: be on the lookout on August 20th! Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season is even better than the big hype has suggested. An amazing book. Don’t miss it!
Kenny: I won’t. Thanks for the tip! I’m going to put all your selections below.
Summer: It was fun catching up on this summer’s books. Enjoy the days everyone.
Summer’s Reading List
1) Fair Play
Tove Jansson; Ali Smith; Thomas Teal
Published by: NYRB Classics
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781590173787)
Guy Gavriel Kay
Published by: Roc Trade
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780451461902)
Published by: Penguin Press HC, The
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781594205385)
Published by: Harper
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780062110831)
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780316154697)
6) Gone Girl
Published by: Crown
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780307588364)
Published by: Minotaur Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781250033932)
Published by: Vintage
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780307950475)
Published by: Riverhead Trade
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781594631436)
10) Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780061950728)
11) Double Cross
Published by: Broadway Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780307888778)
Published by: Penguin Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780143123361)
Published by: Mariner Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780544002326)
14) Rise of the Wolf
Published by: Puffin
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780142421086)
Published by: Graphia
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780544104716)
16) The 5th Wave
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780399162411)
Published by: Razorbill
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781595146656)
18) The Testing
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780547959108)
19) The Bone Season
Published by: Bloomsbury USA
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781620401392)